Last week at book group we discussed The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton. It is not at all the sort of novel I normally read. In fact, I was not looking forward to reading it at all—I'll admit, partly because the cover was so pink that I was sure it was going to be eye-rollingly fluffy. But guess what, I loved it!
The story goes back and forth between 2011, when Laurel's 90-year-old mother Dorothy is dying, and 1941, when Dorothy first arrives as a young woman in London. As you can guess from the title, Dorothy has been keeping a secret about her past, and Laurel is determined to figure it out before it's too late. I found the characters to be believable and relatable; more importantly, the author didn't rely on ridiculous coincidences to move the plot along. There are twists and turns galore, particularly at the end, but never once did I feel manipulated. All too often when there's a twist at the end of a book, I either saw it coming a mile away or it's so preposterous that I am furious. Neither is the case in this book. As soon as I finished reading, I found myself flipping back through the book trying to locate places where I might have figured things out. All the clues were there, but I didn't put it together on my own. Brava, Ms. Morton!
There was plenty to talk about at our meeting—for instance, we spent quite a bit of time talking about whether a child has the right to try to uncover a parent's secret. Or anyone, for that matter—is the truth just information that should be available to anyone who can get at it?
Morton has written several other books, all of which seem to follow the pattern of sweeping family saga with secrets to be uncovered. I'm not in a hurry to read all of them, but I can see how someone who loves this type of book might want to lock herself in a room and just read straight through. I most definitely enjoyed this one, though! Has anyone else read it?